Published time: 4 Nov, 2016 15:36Edited time: 4 Nov, 2016 15:50
Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and Bridget Kelly, Governor Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, were convicted on all counts for their role in lane closings of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
The federal jury took five days to reach a verdict in the scandal that led to an epic traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge following the illegal lane closing.
Prosecutors argued the jam was created as political revenge after a local mayor failed to show support for the governor.
The most serious charges carry up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for February, 2017.
Prosecutors argued Kelly and Baroni plotted with Christie ally David Wildstein to close lanes at the bridge and create gridlock in September 2013 to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie for re-election.
They were indicted more than a year ago on nine counts of conspiracy and fraud in connection with a scheme.
Source: Word News